Sheriff Millsap Unveils New Uniforms

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Sheriff David Millsap and Sgt. Jamie Painter model the new Laclede County uniforms and some new lettering on a patrol vehicle.
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County residents who think they have seen some new lawmen patrolling Laclede County are mistaken.

Sherrif David Millsap decided to update the uniforms of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office for the first time in 32 years.

Millsap, who has been in law enforcement long enough that he remembers when the Department went to the brown shirt uniform for the first time in 1985, said, “I have never been comfortable in a police uniform because they are just so heavy and bulky. This is the first uniform that you put on and you go ‘Wow, I can wear this uniform all day.’”

On first glance, the new uniform is misleading. What appears to be a normal khaki shirt with pockets, collar and buttons is actually two items of clothing: the pocketed portion is a bulletproof vest while underneath is a breathable polo-style shirt sporting the usual patches.”

Garry Earl Shidler Arrested

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The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Garry Earl Shidler, 42, of Lebanon for two counts of 1st degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. Shidler was arrested after stealing two Ford Mustangs from two different Lebanon businesses in April (Parson’s Auto Sales and S & S Recycling) . He was arrested yesterday in Lebanon.

The Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for stolen property and drugs at a residence in the 500 block of Texas in Lebanon, where Shidler had been living. During the course of that search, stolen property was recovered relating to a storage unit burglary in Richland, Missouri. Deputies also recovered personal papers, and identification of other persons that Shidler had stolen with the intent to commit identity theft .

Shidler is a person of interest in burglaries and thefts in the Eldridge area, as well a fraud case involving the use of a stolen identity defrauding a local business.

“We believe that Shidler, and his associates have been very active in stealing from storage units, as well as burglaries in Laclede County. He is also a person of interest in thefts in Wright County. Investigators have worked diligently to connect the dots regarding Shidler’s criminal activity. This arrest certainly helps us in our battle against property crimes in the County,” said Sheriff David Millsap.

The Sheriff’s Office will present Receiving Stolen Property charges regarding the search warrant to the Laclede County Prosecutor’s Office.

LAKE AREA NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT GROUP ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY AMOUNTS OF DRUG SEIZURES

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Camden, Crawford, Gasconade, Laclede, Maries, and Osage Counties. Additionally, the task force serves the cities of Lebanon, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Cuba, Hermann, Steelville, Bourbon, and Belle. The task force encompasses six counties with an approximate population of 142,000 residents. LANEG employs five (5) Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who supplies one (1) Trooper to the task force. LANEG focuses their efforts on drug enforcement by conducting both covert and overt narcotics investigations in the counties and cities they serve.

The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of its enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017):

Methamphetamine — 135.7 grams

Cocaine — 1.5 grams

Heroin — 12 grams

Marijuana — 485.5 grams

Indoor Marijuana grows — 1

Synthetic drugs — 12.5 grams

Prescription drugs/pills — 251.5 doses

During the previous quarter (listed above), LANEG also disassembled three (3) methamphetamine drug laboratories and dump sites, served twenty-seven (27) search warrants, conducted twenty-six (26) consent searches, seized twelve (12) firearms, and arrested sixty-three (63) individuals on one hundred and eighty-seven (187) drug related charges. In addition, LANEG made six (6) Felon in Possession of Firearm, six (6) Endangering the Welfare of a Child and forty-two (42) warrant arrest, these non-drug related charges include but are not limited to the above sixty-three (63) individuals.
LANEG credits its success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation. If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach LANEG. 1-800-351-8477 (TIPS). All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.

Laclede had 6 search warrants, 13 consent searches, 15 people to be charged in these investigations. One subject arrested on a federal arrest warrant.

Funding for this project made available by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Two Laclede County Burglaries Solved

Laclede County Sheriff Office investigators have recovered a stolen Kawasaki Mule taken from a residence in the 2000 block of Macon Drive in rural Laclede County, and have recovered several guns taken from a burglary in the 1900 block of Equestrian Drive.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, assisted by detectives with the Ft. Worth, Texas Police Department and agents Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, recovered several of the six guns taken in the burglary on Equestrian Drive. The guns were found in an apartment in Ft. Worth. A Lebanon man was arrested and charged in Texas for Possession of Stolen Property. The burglary occurred on in Laclede County on March 15, 2017. Dylan Offutt was arrested in Texas on March 22, 2017. Christopher Rodden, of Lebanon, has also been charged with Felony Stealing related to the Equestrian Drive burglary.

The investigation of the burglary led to the arrest of Tyler Owen, of Lebanon, regarding a stolen Kawasaki Mule which occurred on March 22, 2017. The Mule was recovered in Laclede County. Owen has been charged with 2nd Degree Burglary/ felony stealing in the Macon Drive burglary. The investigation continues, and other charges related to both burglaries and thefts are likely.

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Arrest made in Methamphetamine Case

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, and Lake Area Narcotics Group has arrested Joseph Robert Lewis and Reggie Dee Ellis for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) In a Protected Area. Lewis is from Fair Grove, Missouri , Ellis is from Lebanon.

Lewis and Ellis were charged by the Laclede County Prosecutor after a search warrant was served at 22945 Gray Eagle Lane, in Lebanon. The two are accused of distributing methamphetamine with 90 feet of Little Hands Learning Center, which is a daycare. A third person Stephen Tyler Perry, from Poplar Bluff, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Burglary & Theft Suspect Arrested – ATV Recovered

On 3/22/17 we received a report of a burglary on Hwy 32 approximately 8 miles west of Lebanon. A home and a storage building were burglarized with several items missing including a red 2006 Kawasaki Mule UTV 4×4. This theft occured sometime during the evening hours of March 21st or early morning March 22nd. Attached is a photo of a Kawasaki Mule that is the same make/model as the one that was stolen. There is a possible $2,000 reward through Farm Bureau for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved. If you have any information regarding the burglary or the UTV please contact the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office at 417-532-2311.

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3/23/2017: ATV recovered, suspect in custody

“Night Watch” program launched by the Sheriff’s Office

The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office is starting a new program to help deter property crimes. The program is called “Night Watch”. Deputies will check local businesses and churches int he County, as time permits between calls for service. They will leave a card for the business owner or property manager telling them the business was checked. By leaving the card, we are ensuring that property managers, business owners, and citizens know that we are checking the area.

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